When Bartoli won the Wimbledon in 2013, Inverdale infamously said, "I just wonder if her dad, because he has obviously been the most influential person in her life, did say to her when she was 12, 13, 14, maybe, 'Listen, you're never going to be, you know, a looker.'"
Adding to this, the reporter implied that Bartoli had to fight and "compensate" because she is "never going to be somebody like a Sharapova," "never going to be 5 ft. 11," and "never going to be somebody with long legs."
This was also met with a media backlash, and Inverdale apologised the next day for the remarks. He said he only made the "ham-fisted" comments because he is suffering from hay fever.
The reporter was again accused of sexism during his presentation of the 2016 Rio Olympics. One of the most notable moments was when he congratulated Andy Murray for being "the first" player two win two gold medals.
People found the comment problematic; while Murray was the first in his sport two win two gold medals, Venus and Serena Williams already won four gold medals previously, and those medals came with singles and doubles titles.
He was also criticised for the way he presented the Rio Olympics. He was reported to have several clashes with co-presenter Steve Redgrave, who claimed that his air time was smushed because of Inverdale.
While he has his fair share of critics and detractors, Inverdale has some defenders, too. One journalist from The Telegraph suggested that critics love hating on the reporter because they were enjoying "the vicarious thrill of a sustained pile-on." Mark Davies of The Spectator also claimed that the reporter was the subject of "totally unwarranted" criticism.
So, was John Inverdale actually being sexist in his remarks? Suffice it to say that media outlets have reached out to him for comment regarding the Kate Middleton incident. The reporter has no response as of this time.
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